Thursday 29 September 2016

Vets stay behind during town evacuation to care for local wildlife injured in bushfire

Published 25/01/2016 | 11:29

Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic
Photo: Facebook/Waroona Veterinary Clinic

A devastating bushfire ripped apart the small Australian town of Yarloop, injuring many of the area's animal population.

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The western Australian town of Yarloop was ravaged by the fire, which destroyed over 120 homes. Two people lost their lives in the fire.

Local wildlife were left behind when the town was evacuated so two vets stayed behind to treat the wounded animals.

'Dr. Ron' and nurse Frosina from the Waroona Veterinary Clinic wrote on Facebook that they were staying "unless we absolutely must leave" in order to "arrange treatment for any affected wildlife and stock... once we know if our clinic will be standing".

The clinic are relying on donations from the public after an influx of injured animals - both pets and wildlife - whom they've pledged to care for free of charge.

The Clinic are posting updates on the animals on their Facebook Page. Today, they revealed that a young Joey came in "with horrific injuries which we won't show as they are too graphic... there was nothing could be done. She was humanely euthanased".

The Clinic previously rescued a kangaroo with burns that had become infected. They posted that he has "a hard road ahead" but that they are "giving him every chance".

Popular Facebook page 'Unilad' shared the Clinic's photo of the joey they call 'little blue boy' and the image went viral, with people around the world sharing messages of support. As a result, the Clinic said that they were "floored by the overwhelming generosity" in donations and are now asking "for no more" donations.

"We are extremely humbled by your generosity. We should be fine to cover all the expenses of the patients in our care".

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